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Commandos: Kenyan Female SWAT Team Training, Requirements And Salary

News of an all Kenyan female Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) team was greeted with a lot of fanfare in the region. It’s a first in sub-Saharan Africa and may take sometime to be replicated. During the graduation of the 48 elite officers drawn from the Administration Police Service (AP), Interior Secretary Fred Matiangi exuded confidence on the commandos capability to handle “…intricate security operations that require specialized approaches.” Here is what it takes to be a SWAT team member.

Selection Criteria (Administration Police)
Applicants must be citizens of Kenya

You must possess the Kenyan National ID card

Must be fluent in the Use of English language or Kiswahili language

Must have a minimum D+ in English language or Kiswahili language in your Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination

Persons applying with the KCSE result are expected to be aged 18 – 28 while those applying with a diploma or other degree are expected not to be above 30 years

Applicants must pass the physical and mental examination

Applicants must have a clean record

Not be pregnant during application and training period

Applicants must be of good and decent conduct

Joining SWAT team Requirements
Served as AP officers

15 months ongoing training

Standardized Training involves:
Perform 12 pull-ups

Complete 60 sit-ups in 2 minutes

Perform 50 push-ups

Run 2 miles in under 14:59

Climb 8 flights of stairs, wearing a 50-lb vest and carrying a 35-lb ram, in 60 seconds

A potential recruit to the elite squad should be able to:
Think quick

Give and take orders

Be a good communicator

Have a strong sense of teamwork

Mental toughens

A good marksman

The Kenyan female SWAT team undergoes Israeli Krav Maga (a military self-defence and fighting system)
This is a fighting system that was been developed for and effectively used by the Israeli security forces. It involves a combination of Judo, boxing, wrestling, aikido and karate to respond to real-world situations.

Also trained to multiple weapons handling techniques as well as management of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

To be updated